Season of Creation

Season of Creation
September 1 - October 4

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Walking Together”. 

Pope Francis declared September 1 as the WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

September 1 to October 4 (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) is the SEASON OF CREATION celebrated by all Christians or ecumenically around the world. Christians come together to pray for and act to protect creation.

Starting September 1, it offers “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” (Pope Francis, “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”, 1 September 2016)

How can your parishes and communities walk together and show mercy to care and protect our common home? Please visit the website https://seasonofcreation.org/ 

You can Join the celebration by hosting an event
You can use the Guide to plan your event
You can see Events in your area or different parts of the world

Let our parishes and communities commit to some activities to pray for and with creation, change to a more selfless lifestyle, and advocate to protect our common home. See https://seasonofcreation.org/guide/ 

Some of the activities you can do:

a. Celebration of Masses or Liturgies https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F1D5sMO3h0p_0XcWJSYsE-p_Z7vUnntE/view 

b. Other ecological education or advocacy actions
E.g. clean-up, planting of trees (local varieties), composting, gardening/planting, 6Rs workshop (refuse-reduce-reuse-repurpose-recycle-regenerate; demonstrations on making bags from old T-shirts or used foil packages; Laudato Si' workshop/talks, switching to LED lamps and solar power; awareness & advocacy campaigns, e.g. on moving away from fossil fuels, stopping plastics/styrofoam, stopping pesticides on church premises, walk or procession for and with creation, blessing of pets, commitment ritual on becoming an ecological parish, promoting going vegetarian, etc.

c. Commitment to reducing our carbon footprint 
Let us commit to reducing our fossil fuel dependency to a minimum in the next 5 years....reducing use of electricity from the national power grid (which comes mainly from coal) by say, 5-10% every 6 months; moving towards sustainable, renewable energy sources like solar; reducing new buildings and deforestation; refurbishing old buildings to become less polluting and more energy efficient; using renewable building materials; moving towards green structures/buildings/compounds; etc.

Also ensuring that Church land, buildings, and investments are not promoting greenhouse gas emissions and pollution through for example, encouraging deforestation or the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in plantations, supporting harmful industries like unsustainable energy, cement, mining, livestock, etc.

Let's have a meaningful and fruitful Season of Creation.

 SOC1

SOC2

Other Global Environmental Events

September
International Coastal Cleanup Day - held annually during the second or third Saturday of September.
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – held annually on September 16th.
Clean Up the World Campaign - held annually during the third weekend of September.
International Day of Peace - held annually on September 21st.

October
World Habitat Day - held annually on the first Monday of October.
World Day for Farmed Animals - held annually on/around October 2nd (Mahatma Gandhi's birthday).
World Animal Day - held every October 4th to improve welfare standards around the globe.
International Walk to School Month - held annually in October.
World Food Day - held annually on October 16th by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Learn about hunger statistics from the World Food Programme.